I also haven't stayed in hotels very often.
So you can imagine how shocked I was today when I realized that I pay more than that to LIVE here.
Here's what happened:
I got an email today from a friend who is renting her house here while she and her family vacation on the mainland. She rents her fully furnished, 4 bedroom house, with King Size bed, hot tub, master bedroom private balcony, steps away from the temple, snorkeling gear, kids toys, books, movies, satellite TV, wireless internet, everything AND her 7 passenger mini-van for a mere $75 per night.
As I was thinking about what a great deal that would be for my family and friends I started wondering what kind of a deal it would be for me. These are my computations:
- I pay $1800/mo for rent (soon to be $2020, grrr) for my 2/3 bedroom unit (legally it is only a 2 bedroom unit but one of the rooms is large and has a partition which accommodates our need for 3 bedrooms)--$60/night
- and around $400/mo for utilities (can you believe it's that high and I have neither heat nor air conditioning!)--$13/night
- Included in that $400/mo is wireless internet but we don't get cable or satellite. We have recently signed up for Netflix which will be $7.99/mo when our free first month expires.--26 cents/night
- I recently spent $450 to register our truck for the year and will be spending another $25 or so to get it safety checked next week. In addition, annual maintenance costs and insurance average out to about $180 per month.--$7.30/night
Grand Total $80.56
OK, so it's only a little more--but still, more.
Beginning in August, when the rent goes up, it will be $87.89. (yes, I have looked into moving but haven't found a place that is available that will take a large family. Major housing shortages here are a huge bummer.)
Including Breakfast it will be $89.69
(haha, yes I even know how much I spend on a breakfast)